And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
Happy Canada Day, friends! In honour of this great holiday, I have a giveaway I’m particularly excited for.
I LOVE TURF! If you went last year you’ll know it’s exactly the kind of festival Toronto was missing out on for so long. It is how I spent my birthday last year, and I will be doing the same this year (what up America, I share your day of birth).
If you want to go, well, I can at least help you get into Saturday’s lineup, care of Sam Roberts very kind team.
Along with a pair of tickets to TURF Saturday, you will also get a copy of his new album Lo-Fantasy as well as a t-shirt.
To win, just subscribe to the upcoming weekly newsletter using the form below. Be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email you will receive, or you will not actually be entered to win. If you are already a subscriber and want to enter, just comment below using the email address you used to subscribe so I can verify.
As usual, Facebook fans get a bonus entry by liking, commenting or sharing my Facebook status about this giveaway.
The winner will be contacted Friday morning, July 4th, via the email they used to subscribe.
Who else is excited for this weekend?! I have yet to see Violent Femmes, Drive By Truckers or Hey Rosetta! live, so I’m very pumped for this. It’s gonna rule.
Another awesome giveaway care of my friends over at Mongrel Media, for their new film Tracks which recently opened in Toronto. Any movie starring Adam Driver is a movie I highly recommend. Also, as a constant wanderluster, I absolutely adore this story because I have always dreamed of doing what this girl did. Traveling on your own is one of the best ways to see what you are made of.
Here’s what is up for grabs:
3x 1 copy of the novel the film is based on and 1 pass for 2 people to see the film in theaters.
3x 1 pass for two people to see the film in theaters.
That means there will be 6 winners!
To win, just subscribe to the upcoming weekly newsletter using the form below – be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email you will receive – or you will not be entered.
If you are already a subscriber and would like to enter, just comment below using the email you used to subscribe, so I can verify you’re subscribed.
As usual, Facebook fans of TTRO can get an extra entry by sharing/commenting or liking my post about the giveaway.
Winners will be contacted via the email they used to subscribe on Wednesday July 3rd, so make sure you subscribe with an email you check regularly.
How great is this vid? For those of you more tuned into the pop culture zeitgeist, you’ve probably already seen it. It came on my radar this week because my girl Lena Dunham performed with her on Seth Meyers, because she doesn’t like to face the camera when she performs. This is something I haven’t read much about, but I like to think it’s a decision to keep the focus on the music instead of the objectification female pop musicians (such as the ones she writes hits for – Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce etc) usually endure and/or play into.
Of course, it could just be a gimmick, or she could genuinely be camera shy. I’m sure I will be swiftly informed of her said reasoning, but it’s more fun to be left to make up our own mind about why it is.
Anyhow, when I heard the song I was blown away. It is so incredibly catchy, dramatic and freeing. I instantly put it on repeat and danced my ass off in my living room to it for at least an hour (I’d just downed a Grande from Starbucks, I had a lot of energy to expend).
Then I watched the actual video. And wow. When you’re dancing around and not really paying attention to the lyrics, it can come off like a song about living every day like it’s your last, in that James Dean, ‘enjoy every day because it’s a gift’ way.
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
But when you watch this video, the immediacy of the tragedy in its freedom becomes very clear.
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
While the song focuses on the destructive tendencies and emptiness of the party girl life (which the lyric video they also made captures fairly accurately), the official video showcases an incredibly talented kid from that show Dance Moms, doing a stunning routine in a basic, dilapidated room that screams out the private insanity of the person living out such a song’s words. The feeling of going crazy and “holding on for dear life” has never been portrayed so well before in a pop music video. It’s spectacular on every level.
This might be my favourite music video I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely in my top 10.
Many of you reading this are, like me, Canadian. And if you’re like me, you’ve often encountered things you want to watch or access that are blocked, simply because you are located in Canada. What a bunch of jerks!
Anyhow, I’ve recently been using this great program called TunnelBear (cute advertising ftw) to get around the ohh so annoying blocks that living in the great white north provides.
I know a few tech nerds who jump through hoops doing all kinds of complicated nerd tricks in order to access American Netflix. I once watched one of them do it and it nearly made my head explode. And that is why I love Tunnelbear. No more of that. Just download the program, turn it on, set it to USA and you are officially seen as an American – the internet walls come down! No more crappy Canadian Netflix!
As many of you are music fans, you’re probably as annoyed as I am that Spotify still isn’t available in Canada. It’s a shameful fact, but Tunnelbear can quickly and easily help you get around it.
The most annoying thing for me has always been with Hulu – so many great shows and clips are made available on Hulu – and if you read American websites, they post these videos ALL the time. It drives me insane. But now that I have Tunnelbear always turned on, I see the proper video every time without doing anything. It’s awesome.
The cool thing about this program is that it was created by Canadians! These people know what it’s like to be stuck here, so close, yet so far away from all that American content. That’s why they invented it back in 2011.
Currently, over 2.3 million people use it in 154 countries, so clearly they have tapped into a need people were desperately seeking.
Another great perk is that it increases your privacy big time, by acting as a middleman and encrypting your connection. Let me tell you, keeping your identity private in these creepy, hacker friendly, stalker-y internet times is very, VERY important.
The nice thing is that you automatically get 500MB of free tunneling each month, and if you want to increase that by an extra GB all you have to do is tweet at @TheTunnelBear and you’ll be bumped up.
What are you waiting for? Go tunnel your way into Spotify, now that you finally can!